The Hill: The embassy closings cast doubt on Obama’s national-security claims, huh?

posted at 9:21 am on August 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Hill isn’t the first publication to question the party line from the White House on al-Qaeda in the wake of the shuttering of nearly two dozen embassies, and they won’t be the last.  Jeremy Herb gets to the heart of the matter quickly and efficiently,

Groups affiliated with al Qaeda have grown in strength over the last year, prompting new challenges for the Obama White House that has touted its record in fighting terror groups.

President Obama declared al Qaeda on the run following the death of Osama bin Laden, but that assessment is being called into question now that the group has been caught planning a major terrorist attack. …

The U.S. has closed 19 U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa in response to the threat, which was reportedly traced back to Ayman al Zawahiri — the man who took bin Laden’s place as global leader of al Qaeda.

While experts say the conflict in Syria and reverberations from the Arab Spring have provided new fuel to extremists groups, the White House insists al Qaeda remains far weaker than it was when Obama took office.

Actually, what they’re saying now is that they only meant “core al-Qaeda” when they made those claims in 2012, and not AQ affiliates.  Jay Carney tried parsing that distinction yesterday in the press briefing, prompting a somewhat acerbic aside from an unnamed reporter about caveats as Carney tap-danced his way around the question (via Instapundit):

Carney said that the “president has been clear that the threat from Al Qaeda very much remains,” and said officials were particularly concerned about affiliates of the terror group outside its main “core” in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“As Al Qaeda’s core has been diminished through the efforts of the United States and our allies, affiliate organizations, including in particular, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, have strengthened. We have here in Washington have identified AQAP in particular as the dangerous threat,” Carney said.

Carney added that the affiliate groups had been a point of focus “for some time now,” and said the U.S. had “focused a great deal of attention on those affiliated organizations.”

But Carney also defended President Obama’s declaration during the 2012 campaign that the terror group was “on the run,” saying the week-long closure of embassies throughout the Middle East did not invalidate the administration’s anti-terror accomplishments.

“There is no question that over the past several years that the Al Qaeda core has been greatly diminished, not least because of the elimination of Osama bin Laden,” Carney said.

The developments over the last few weeks speak to a different conclusion.  Worldwide AQ has managed to stage almost a dozen jailbreaks in the last two weeks, freeing hundreds of its operatives from detention and putting them back on the streets.  One particularly large success came in Benghazi, where the US helpfully removed their jailer, Moammar Qaddafi, without putting any boots on the ground to provide security in his absence.  The US has intel, which the Obama administration leaked, showing that the current threat has been directed by core AQ to its affiliates, and in fact core AQ pressured the affiliate into picking up the pace against the West.

If the core of AQ is “greatly diminished,” why would Zawahiri be able to impose that pressure?  Given the scope of the jailbreaks, which extend from northern Pakistan through Iraq to Libya, it seems very clear that the effort is being coordinated above the affiliate level.  That’s a feat whose coordination goes beyond even the 9/11 attacks.  In terms of the scale of the threat, our embassies aren’t closing because of one particular AQ affiliate, either.  When was the last time we closed 19 of our embassies in countries with normal diplomatic relations due to a wartime threat?

The threat from al-Qaeda hasn’t been diminished by the Obama administration.  Thanks especially to its disastrous intervention in Libya, the threat from AQ has risen dramatically, perhaps exponentially, with the creation of the failed Libyan state and the metastasizing AQ presence in North Africa.  Mali nearly paid the price for it, saved only by direct military intervention from France, but there will be a price yet to pay for it nonetheless.


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The Hill: The embassy closings cast doubt on Obama’s national-security claims, huh?

Only if you hadn’t been paying attention up til then. Anyone else already knew not to believe a word this regime says.

Flange on August 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

But Carney also defended President Obama’s declaration during the 2012 campaign that the terror group was “on the run,” saying the week-long closure of embassies throughout the Middle East did not invalidate the administration’s anti-terror accomplishments.

Where’s Candy Crowley when you need her?

Seriously, during the 2012 campaign the coward also said that Benghazi was a result of a YouTube video. It was a lie he continued to tell weeks later at the opening session of the UN. Why would he do that if this administration actually had anti-terror accomplishments other than a bunch of drone attacks and “getting” OBL?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

This dovetails nicely into my No Prisoners theory.

Little Boomer on August 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Obama has all the stability and predictability of an atom in free space.

rplat on August 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Carney said that the “president has been clear that the threat from Al Qaeda very much remains,”

Which is why we need to keep spying on the American people* (which is the undercurrent).

*As per Seattle, the Regime is not going to use the word “citizen” anymore, at least in its Constitutional sense.

rbj on August 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Surrender

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

By Core, they mean the guy watching porn in Pakistan, not the guys all over the rest of the world trying to kill us–like two Bostonians whom the Russkies warned us about.

Got it.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Cast doubt? How about identifying a single Middle East terrorist group and/or country that has complied/improved since Pres Nobel Prize took office—ONE!

hillsoftx on August 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Obama’s record on everything is dismal, and everyone but the True Believers knows it. That has never stopped the media from fawning over him, protecting him at every turn from his own indifference and ineptitude. And he’s quite indifferent about everything unless he can insert himself (like with the photo op where he sat in the preserved bus where Rosa Parks took her stand), or win accolades despite doing a half-azzed job.

Remember when the Left excoriated Bush for waiting seven minutes to leave that school on 9/11, and called him a coward for not returning immediately to Washington while it was under attack? Yet the media will say nothing about Obama going to another campaign event while our Middle Eastern embassies are allegedly under imminent threat of terror attack?

The media can have all the misgivings they want about their precious Obama, but it won’t amount to a thing. This story in The Hill will be buried in a few hours with praise for how great and inspiring was Obama’s speech in Phoenix.

Unless an attack does happen, his campaign speech will be the story of the day.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Dance baby dance
OT: W had a stent surgery….he’s doing well

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

We supposedly picked up a specific threat, so we close 22 embassies?

Was “Al Qaeda” going to attack 22 embassies? Rather than pull out, why didn’t we send more Marines? Who’s handling our business in those craphole Muslim countries now, Switzerland? Swaziland?

I really don’t believe this nonsense. The actual intention here is not to protect diplomatic personnel but to show how well Obooba can retreat in the face of a threat to our embassies.

“See? Obooba is really really concerned about embassy security, so how could anyone believe that he didn’t do all he could when the “annex” was under attack in Benghazi?”

Akzed on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Sad but true liam
A new pivot my friends

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Given Obama’s weakness on terrorism, when the next strike at the homeland is successful, I wonder where it will be.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Thanks especially to its disastrous intervention in Libya, the threat from AQ has risen dramatically, perhaps exponentially, with the creation of the failed Libyan state and the metastasizing AQ presence in North Africa.

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D’Oh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ExpressoBold on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Worldwide AQ has managed to stage almost a dozen jailbreaks in the last two weeks, freeing hundreds of its operatives from detention and putting them back on the streets.

Does that count include the deportation center breaks Big Sis staged when the Tea Party hit the government with the sequester?

Dusty on August 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

- John F. Kennedy

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Smart Power Vacuum.

Courtesy of the red reset button.

freedomfirst on August 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Applies here, too.

freedomfirst on August 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Run Away!!

Key West Reader on August 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Worldwide AQ has managed to stage almost a dozen jailbreaks in the last two weeks, freeing hundreds of its operatives from detention and putting them back on the streets.

Immigration Reform Now!

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Key West Reader on August 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

If it has to do with Islam, this Administration has totally lost control.
Be it a country, a region or just the religion itself, America’s relationship with Islam is spinning beyond control. If we do not get a handle on this immediately, I fear for the future.

Jabberwock on August 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The embassy closings cast doubt on Obama’s national-security claims, huh?

The lie lasted long enough to get him re-elected. That’s all they cared about.

It started unraveling with Benghazi. I have to wonder if the lie could have worked if the election had been one month later.

petefrt on August 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Detroit is dead.

Al Qaeda is alive.

Resist We Much on August 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

OC, let the vile left begin their rant against W

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

From the news threads, there’s a piece about how the leaks of our intercepts have damaged national security. Which is something I mentioned yesterday.

Obama tipped our hand, all to make himself look good. The MSM won’t be covering this story, of course.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/leak-al-qaeda-zawahiri-intercepts-damages-us-security_742633.html?nopager=1

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

OT: Bezos designed/stores NSA data and OFA campaign data.

Does anyone think that Obama hasn’t combined this data?

Will WashPost write any NSA stories?

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Just an early release program. For hope. For change. Now everybody keep your head down! We’re under attack from the poor souls George Bush harmed!
He’ll save us, just give him some time. Soon Obama will bring every… unicorns! I see them! Can you see them!? Oh look at all the colors!

onomo on August 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Mission Accomplished…..er?

ted c on August 6, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Carney said that the “president has been clear that the threat from Al Qaeda very much remains,”

No, he hasn’t. If you meant “core Al Qaeda” last year but overgeneralized to “Al Qaeda-in general” then you weren’t clear.

ted c on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

No, he hasn’t. If you meant “core Al Qaeda” last year but overgeneralized to “Al Qaeda-in general” then you weren’t clear.

ted c on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

It’s not Obama’s fault we don’t understand the nuances of what he says. /

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

OT: Why does the CIA allow their data to be stored at Amazon/Bezos/WashPost?

Wake up GOP.

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

OC, let the vile left begin their rant against W

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Yeah, and always remember, he’s a war criminal!

/

PS, welcome back to Captain Ed.

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Our country is in grave danger with this regime in control. I only hope it’s salvageable at the end of his second term. We may never get the greatness of our country back especially with Republicans being a part of the problem.

mr.idaho on August 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Next thing you’ll be telling me that GM ain’t doing so hot either.

myiq2xu on August 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Hafid Hits Hot Air

lol

Resist We Much on August 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

lying liar.

patman77 on August 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Carney’s lies and distortions (this is way beyond parsing)emphasizes again, to anyone paying attention, that the fight has never been against al-Qaeda, but against Radical Islam, Islamic Radicals, Jihadists, Soldiers of Allah, Wahhabi radicals, and every other form of Muslim radical who wants to either destroy the West or form a new caliphate.

I’m sure the White House Press Corps will figure this out in time for the 50th anniversary of 9/11.

I think the embassy closings is as phony a distraction as the “pivot to jobs”. Just another way to whipsaw the press away from the economically weakened surveillance state that the Obama administration is pursuing.

pilsener on August 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

OC, let the vile left begin their rant against W

cmsinaz on August 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I’m sure it has already begun…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

2009: Obama – “The ‘War on Terror’ is over.”
+ 5 November, 2009: Fort Hood Terrorist Attack…

2010: Obama – “The ‘War on Terror’ is over.”
+ 18 November, 2010: Mohamed Osman Mohamud plans to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, but was actually part of a FBI Sting operation. He was arrested and charged with attempted terrorism.

2011: Obama – “The ‘War on Terror’ is over.”
+ 1 May 2010: On May 1, 2010 New York’s Times Square was evacuated after two street vendors reported a suspiciously smoking vehicle. Upon arrival, the police made the discovery of a car bomb. The bomb was actually ignited, but it never detonated. U.S .government officials believe radical Islamists in the Pakistani Taliban directed and even financed the attempted terrorist attack.

+ 20 September 2010: September 20, 2010 Sami Samir Hassoun, a 22 year old Lebanese citizen living in Chicago, was charged with one count each of “attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction” and “attempted use of an explosive device” for a bombing attempt on Wrigley Field. After unwittingly discussing his ideas for a mass destruction attack with an FBI informant, a sting operation was set in motion. Hassoun placed a backpack with what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field The attempted terrorist attack was foiled when Hassoun was quickly arrested by the FBI.

+ 26 November 2010: November 26, 2010, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old Somali-American, attempted to ignite a car bomb during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

+ 8 December 2010: On December 8, 2010, 21 year old Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain was arrested after a FBI sting operation uncovered a plot to bomb a military recruiting center in Catonsville, Maryland.

2012: Obama – “The ‘War on Terror’ is over.”
+ 11 September 2012 – Anniversary of 9/11: 20 U.S. Embassies are attacked throughout the Middle East – 12 are overrun. Compound in Benghazi is overrun – 1st Ambassador in over 30 years is murdered and dragged through the street…2 Americans who fought for over 7 hours while waiting for help to come were betrayed/abandoned by this administration in an attempt to keep secret its CIA gun-running operation to Syrian Jihadist rebels – 4 Americans total die.

2013: Obama – “The ‘War on Terror’ is over.”
+ 15 April 2013 – Boston Marathon Bombing: Tsarnaev brothers perpetrate terrorist bombing – Two bombs detonated within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring more than 180 people

+ 6 June 2013: News breaks about US government collecting every phone call, text message, blog post, e-mail, photo/video upload, debit/credit card transaction, and more info on every American citizen every day…NSA admits before Congress that it has violated the law by conducting wire taps without proper authorization…Obama administration declares this is being done as part of the ‘War on Terror’…that he has said for years no longer exists.

+ 2 August 2013: Obama administration orders U.S. Embassies in Middle East closed through the upcoming weekend due to ‘massive credible terrorist threat’. Despite new Sect of State Kerry declaring on 28 July that the US would cease drone strikes, 4 suspected Al Qaeda leaders are killed in a US drone strike in Yemen over the weekend – Americans are immediately ordered out, & US cargo planes arrive to evacuate American citizens. Obama administration urges Americans to leave, orders Embassies to remain closed for at least a week.

easyt65 on August 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

b-b-but… TRAYVON!!!

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

The threat from al-Qaeda hasn’t been diminished by the Obama administration

Maybe it hasn’t been diminished but wasn’t it a wonderful talking point in ’12 election?

Herb on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

You mean whacking al queda is like whacking a hydra?

AH_C on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The embassy closings cast doubt on Obama’s national-security claims, huh?

…why is that a problem?…is it any different than his economic claims…race relation claims…health care claims…energy claims…ANY KIND OF CLAIM?

KOOLAID2 on August 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

We just need some more of that “Smart Diplomacy”. Maybe King Barry can get a “reset” button made up for AQ.

GarandFan on August 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Then…

“Al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.”

“The goal that I set — to defeat al-Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild — is within reach.”

“Al Qaeda’s Been Decimated And Osama Bin Laden Is Dead”

“And today, Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

– Comrade O, Bin Laden Slayer, Destroyer of Al Qaeda, on the campaign trail.

Now…

they only meant “core al-Qaeda” when they made those claims in 2012…

the president has been clear that the threat from Al Qaeda very much remains…

As Al Qaeda’s core has been diminished … Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, have strengthened. We have here in Washington have identified AQAP in particular as the dangerous threat…

There is no question that over the past several years that the Al Qaeda core has been greatly diminished, not least because of the elimination of Osama bin Laden,”

More Orwellian doublespeak doublethink doubletalk. AKA lies.

“There is no question…” Really? I have a question. When was the last time we closed 20 embassies in the ME for a week because of a terrorist attack threat from Al Qaeda?

“Very clear”? Really?

How stupid do they think we are? Pretty stupid, apparently.

Comrade O must have forgotten to use the qualifier “core” while doing all of that bragging on the campaign trail.

Let’s see how that sounds.

“The goal that I set — to defeat ‘core’ al-Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild — is within reach.”

“’Core’ Al Qaeda’s Been Decimated And Osama Bin Laden Is Dead”

“And today, ‘core’ Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

Doesn’t sound as impressive. And doesn’t always make much sense, does it? ‘Core’ al Qaeda is on the run? ‘Core’ al Qaeda defeated?

And if Zawahiri, the highest level guy involved in this new plot, was not ‘core’ al Qaeda the past few years, what was he?

farsighted on August 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Carney’s lies and distortions (this is way beyond parsing)emphasizes again, to anyone paying attention, that the fight has never been against al-Qaeda, but against Radical Islam, Islamic Radicals, Jihadists, Soldiers of Allah, Wahhabi radicals, and every other form of Muslim radical who wants to either destroy the West or form a new caliphate. pilsener on August 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Really? Then why all the spying on American citizens, and the explicit exemption of it for Muslims in the US?

Akzed on August 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Drones can’t do anything more than just kill. You have to have a strong economy, strong allies, strong military and strong leadership. All of which Obama has significantly dismantled since he’s become President. If it wasn’t for Benghazi, he probably wouldn’t have even evacuated our embassies.

lea on August 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

“Al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.”

I killed the core of a wasp nest in my backyard, but a couple days later two more popped up.

lea on August 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

You mean whacking al queda is like whacking a hydra?

AH_C on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

You are ASSUMING this administration / President has been trying to ‘whack’ Al Qaeda.

1. For all the Democrats who raised h#ll because Bush took us into Iraq to OVERTHROW Hussein, where the h#ll are you NOW? Al Qaeda was working out of a small seaport town in northeasern Libya during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, recruiting Jihadists to go to these countries to kill American soldiers. After we had bombed Libya years ago & killed some of his family, Qadaffi quieted down…and even ‘aided’ the US. Obama decided to drag the US into the middle of a Libyan civil war to AID AL QAEDA, the perpetrators of 9/11, to help them not only establish a Safe Haven in Libya but to TAKE IT OVER.

2. Obama worked to pressure Mubarak out of office, all but forced Egypt to hold early elections – which benefitted the TERRORIST GROUP the Muslim Brotherhood, basically putting them into power.

3. Obama was just OUTed – BUSTED – for running weapons via the CIA through/from Benghazi – running those weapons to identified AL QAEDA and other Jihadists in Syria…and exposed for abandoning Stevens & the other 3 Americans to die in Benghazi becuase if anyone would have been allowed in they would have discovered the CIA operation of arming TERRORISTS!

4. The ONLY REAL people during the ‘Arab Spring’ who wanted true democracy and NEEDED us to stand with them were IRANIANS, who Obama turned his back on!

How much more proof do Americans need to understand Obama is a Jihadist/terrorist SYMPATHIZER, has AIDED terrorists not only establish Safe Havens but take over their own nations, and has SACRIFICED American lives to protect his crimes/secrets! He is a THREAT, as already proven (Benghazi) he is a THREAT to the United States!

easyt65 on August 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

No, the “terror alert” distracted everyone from the CNN story on Benghazi and the CIA.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Decimated means one in ten have been killed.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

easyt65 on August 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Drive home that #3. CNN is still acting clueless about it.

Hillary’s in on this, too, big time… in Egypt, Libya/Bengazi and McCain in particular is providing cover. These things are in her wake in her million mile march around the world.

It’s too late to unelect BO but we sure can turn our attention to Hillary and make sure the Dems don’t nominate her to do anything other than go home to Bill and stay there.

gracie on August 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

No, the “terror alert” distracted everyone from the CNN story on Benghazi and the CIA.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

“the truth about benghazi ” is gonna be on cnn at 10 tonite. let’s see how weepy they get instead of addressing the truth about the arms trading with al Qaeda.

gracie on August 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

The threat from al-Qaeda hasn’t been diminished by the Obama administration. Thanks especially to its disastrous intervention in Libya, the threat from AQ has risen dramatically, perhaps exponentially, with the creation of the failed Libyan state and the metastasizing AQ presence in North Africa. Mali nearly paid the price for it, saved only by direct military intervention from France [(?)] , but there will be a price yet to pay for it nonetheless.

How embarrassing.

The mutters are getting louder that this all may very well be by design. It’s hard to believe that nearly everything done by this administration in the Middle East is helping Al Quaeda, but it’s true nonetheless.

Which leaves one question remaining.

Which is harder to believe, that we’re helping Al Quaeda by pure coincidence, or that we’re helping them by design?

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM

We supposedly picked up a specific threat, so we close 22 embassies?

Was “Al Qaeda” going to attack 22 embassies? Rather than pull out, why didn’t we send more Marines? Who’s handling our business in those craphole Muslim countries now, Switzerland? Swaziland?

I really don’t believe this nonsense. The actual intention here is not to protect diplomatic personnel but to show how well Obooba can retreat in the face of a threat to our embassies.

“See? Obooba is really really concerned about embassy security, so how could anyone believe that he didn’t do all he could when the “annex” was under attack in Benghazi?”

Akzed on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Sounds to me like they didn’t want to get blamed for any more Benghazis. And closing an embassy is so much easier than taking responsibility and accountability for its security.

Which leads inexorably to a simple conclusion: Al Quaeda has them running scared that they’ll manage to hit multiple places at once, and make the Administration look bad.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Just another one in a long line of an Obutthead Phoney Success™

NOMOBO on August 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Let me be clear, when I said al Qaeda was dead, I didn’t mean al Qaeda – al Qaeda, I just meant al Qaeda.

*The Preezy*

Hill60 on August 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Gee, the popular media would never laugh at this the way they did with ‘Mission Accomplished,’ would they?

Long Legged MacDaddy on August 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The Sharpton, Obama, Jackson, Holder, Trayvon doctrine opposes “Stand your ground” philosophy! To honor Trayvon we must tuck tail and run from any conflict! Close down the embassies and run, run, run, with tails between legs! Trayvon will be honored!

Marco on August 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Carney said that the “president has been clear that the threat from Al Qaeda very much remains,”

Ummmmmm … NOPE!
He claimed the exact opposite in his victory dance last year.
Furthermore, King Barry announced publicly that we are abandoning our foreign, sovereign embassies and consulates because the bad guys made threats. Well gee, how about arming USMC guards for a change. The poor saps in Tehran in 1979 had no ammo if you’ll recall.
Fight or Flight. The community organizer is in full retreat.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

No, the “terror alert” distracted everyone from the CNN story on Benghazi and the CIA.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

“the truth about benghazi ” is gonna be on cnn at 10 tonite. let’s see how weepy they get instead of addressing the truth about the arms trading with al Qaeda.

gracie on August 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I mentioned that CNN show on one of the other threads here-I checked their schedule online this morning, and there was absolutely no mention of it. Wonder if they pulled it?

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Gee, the popular media would never laugh at this the way they did with ‘Mission Accomplished,’ would they?

Long Legged MacDaddy on August 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Actually, in the beginning the Democrat Media weren’t laughing. In fact, on the day that Chimp landed on that aircraft carrier, MSDNC’s Chrissy Matthews actually had a tingle go up his leg.

Media Matters: Mission Accomplished: A look back at the media’s fawning coverage of Bush’s premature declaration of victory in Iraq

Despite lingering questions over the continued violence in Iraq, the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction, and the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein, as well as evidence that Bush may have shirked his responsibilities in the Texas Air National Guard (TANG) during the Vietnam War, the print and televised media fawned over Bush’s “grand entrance” and the image of Bush as the “jet pilot” and the “Fighter Dog.”

Chief among the cheerleaders was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. On the May 1, 2003, edition of Hardball, Matthews was joined in his effusive praise of Bush by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter and “Democrat” Pat Caddell. Former U.S. Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-CA) also appeared on the program.

MATTHEWS: What’s the importance of the president’s amazing display of leadership tonight?

-snip-

MATTHEWS: What do you make of the actual visual that people will see on TV and probably, as you know, as well as I, will remember a lot longer than words spoken tonight? And that’s the president looking very much like a jet, you know, a high-flying jet star. A guy who is a jet pilot. Has been in the past when he was younger, obviously. What does that image mean to the American people, a guy who can actually get into a supersonic plane and actually fly in an unpressurized cabin like an actual jet pilot?

-snip-

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you, Bob Dornan, you were a congressman all those years. Here’s a president who’s really nonverbal. He’s like Eisenhower. He looks great in a military uniform. He looks great in that cowboy costume he wears when he goes West. I remember him standing at that fence with Colin Powell. Was [that] the best picture in the 2000 campaign?

-snip-

MATTHEWS: The president there — look at this guy! We’re watching him. He looks like he flew the plane. He only flew it as a passenger, but he’s flown –

CADDELL: He looks like a fighter pilot.

MATTHEWS: He looks for real. What is it about the commander in chief role, the hat that he does wear, that makes him — I mean, he seems like — he didn’t fight in a war, but he looks like he does.

-snip-

MATTHEWS: Look at this guy!

Later that day, on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Matthews said:

MATTHEWS: We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like [former President Bill] Clinton or even like [former Democratic presidential candidates Michael] Dukakis or [Walter] Mondale, all those guys, [George] McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.

Chrissy drank the Kool Aid later…

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

We supposedly picked up a specific threat, so we close 22 embassies?

Was “Al Qaeda” going to attack 22 embassies? Rather than pull out, why didn’t we send more Marines? Who’s handling our business in those craphole Muslim countries now, Switzerland? Swaziland?

I really don’t believe this nonsense. The actual intention here is not to protect diplomatic personnel but to show how well Obooba can retreat in the face of a threat to our embassies.

“See? Obooba is really really concerned about embassy security, so how could anyone believe that he didn’t do all he could when the “annex” was under attack in Benghazi?”

Akzed on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I think it’s more of a “Wag the Dog” combined with a cover-up.

Ogabe and his sycophants are deflecting attention from all the “phony” scandals by focusing on a “real” terror threat. If nothing comes of it, Ogabe has everything to gain by demonstrating how wonderfully he “protected” US embassies. If something actually does happen, Ogabe demonstrates how quickly and firmly he moved to protect US embassies. Win-win for Ogabe.

As for the cover-up part: I question the timing. Criticism of NSA snooping into the lives of ordinary Americans and the scope of that snooping isn’t going away. So the bunny gets pulled out of the hat. Look! NSA snooping revealed this massive al Qaeda plot! This proves once and for all just how necessary all this snooping is! Fear-mongering at its finest.

catsandbooks on August 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hummmm….

Maybe if we would of captured OBL, The Most Intel Rich Target On The Face Of The Earth, while he was in in Olsen Twins footie pajamas, surfing the internet for porn, instead of bust’n a cap in his head……… never mind….. that assumes you actually want to win a war….. and not just use “Terror” as a boogeyman much like his older brother “Cold War”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I mentioned that CNN show on one of the other threads here-I checked their schedule online this morning, and there was absolutely no mention of it. Wonder if they pulled it?

Del Dolemonte on August 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Erin Burnett made mention of it this morning through a reTweet@8:41 Eastern, so I’m pretty sure it’s still going to air…

What has gotten into CNN, hmmm? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qNO7cYqdnU

Anti-Control on August 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM

National Security, even the notion of it, is pure farce as long as we have 11-30 million people at large in the nation who are here illegally, a great many of whom have not submitted to any background checks. We have no idea who these people are, what their backgrounds may be, including criminal records or affiliations with known terror organizations. We don’t know why they may be in this nation. The borders remain porous. Literally anyone could be at large in the nation for any reason.

Enforce existing federal immigration law. Secure the borders. Check visas with a biometric ID and be certain that when a visa expires that individual actually leaves the country. Mandate E-verify for all employers across the nation and enforce the law. End benefits for illegal aliens, including seeing that those who are here illegally cease to benefit from the welfare programs and aid available to a U.S.citizen through their offspring, or relative(s) who are citizens. End birthright citizenship unless one parent is a citizen. All others must apply.

We have a right and a duty to know who is in this nation and why they are here.

Then we can discuss national security seriously.

thatsafactjack on August 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Perhaps I am missing something but the terror alerts do not have specific info in them. Could the coordinated jailbreaks have been the target? It seems like a big accomplishment to me.

sleepyhead on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM